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Old 05-01-2013, 03:16 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I was looking for any basis for the fashion theory and found this: UCLA Library | Digital Collections
OMG. No, it wasn't that. lol She was a proper little girl growing up in a town in Massachusetts.

From what people have said, and knowing her, it was either because of an injury and they had to cut some of her hair off and to make it look more natural they cut it ALL off. But the top, maybe her mother said, "Poor thing, she'll look like a boy, let's leave a little bit at the top."

The other possibility is that she did have a lot of older sisters--big family--and they probably took care of her. She had one in particular who was full of mischief and I can imagine her taking a pair of scissors and chopping the little girl's hair. Again, the mother would have cut it all off to make it even and she left some at the top so she wouldn't look like a boy.

It grew back
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:20 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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We don't know anything about the girl in the picture to say what her background was either. I just found it interesting that the mohawk can be found in use dating back to the 50s!
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:34 AM
 
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We don't know anything about the girl in the picture to say what her background was either. I just found it interesting that the mohawk can be found in use dating back to the 50s!
I know a lot about that little girl. She was my mother. The picture would have been taken in the 1920s. She was seven yrs old when her father died in 1929 so this was about 1924.

Her background so far goes back to about 1630 in New England, mostly English settlers, the Puritans. Thrown in for good measure are a Dutch man, and a Scots Irish but they came to the area from their own countries about 1700.

Her Puritan ancestors migrated around New England, a few to Connecticut, but most headed north to Vermont and New Hampshire, some eventually ending up in southern Canada on the border with Vermont. Her parents moved back to Massachusetts because her dad got a good office job as a supervisor for the RR. Her dad had red hair and light skin and some of his sibs had the red hair while others looked darkish. Her mother had light skin but brown hair. The girl herself had light brown hair with reddish highlights and very light skin, blue eyes

Knowing the family as I do, I don't think the "mohawk" was intentional. Something must have happened that required them to get her hair cut off and knowing my grandmother, she would have said, "Oh, now she will look like a boy--at least leave some on the top!" It looks like a bunch of curls on the top, I think. She had curly, wavy hair. We will never really know.

Actually, I had posted some photos of her uncle in another thread because I thought HE looked like a native American and there is a rumor that we have "Indian blood." Around here that would have meant Algonquin in northern Vermont and southern Canada. But I don't think her haircut had anything to do with that--her mother wouldn't have done that to her intentionally unless it had something to do with the summer heat or something else that made the child uncomfortable. She had a lot of older sisters (big families back then) and there is one who was nasty and I can imagine her getting hold of a pair of scissors and chopping my mother's hair off. Then they might have shaved it all off to at least make it even. Her mother, feeling sorry for her, would have tried to keep a few curls on the top. That's my version and I knew them pretty well. Interesting observations from everyone--thanks.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Philadelphian-transplant from Miami
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Here's another one of that same dog from 1910ish, this is interesting because they are definitely showing the dog off, holding it by the neck to probably hold it still for the photo.



And here he is again, last one:
Wait
Wasnt it in this era when getting your picture taken meaning you have to hold still for approx. 30 mins?
I feel bad for the dog!
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:46 AM
 
Location: TX and NM on the border of the Great Southwest.
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Knowing the family as I do, I don't think the "mohawk" was intentional.
Keep in mind they had sissors back then. Young children are well known to try cutting their own hair that parents have to try and reshape the best way they can.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Thanks to everyone for posting their pictures....it really makes the past come to life!
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:24 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Keep in mind they had sissors back then. Young children are well known to try cutting their own hair that parents have to try and reshape the best way they can.
My sis did that once. Mom had cut my bangs just before school and the the phone rang and. . . She looked so funny because she was completely bald in the front.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:12 PM
 
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My sis did that once. Mom had cut my bangs just before school and the the phone rang and. . . She looked so funny because she was completely bald in the front.
My cousin also did this one time. That perhaps is why it came to mind.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:19 PM
 
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Wow, I guess goat carts were a popular thing for kids in the early 20th century.

I just google-imaged "goat cart" and look at all the pictures!
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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I know a lot about that little girl. She was my mother. The picture would have been taken in the 1920s. She was seven yrs old when her father died in 1929 so this was about 1924.
Yeah I meant the girl in the picture I posted.
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